Copyscape and more: the best softwares against plagiarized content

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It is a doubt that often haunts publishers: is the text I am about to publish an original or are there copied parts? Verification of plagiarism is a crucial stage for those who manage a site or a blog, especially with informative content, and not everyone has the budget to allocate to the premium version of Copyscape, certainly the most famous tool and used for this purpose. So here is a series of plagiarism prevention software that can serve as an alternative and that will help us to find plagiarism online and avoid the problem of duplicate content in other parts of the Web.

What is online plagiarism?

Let’s try to immediately define the phenomenon of online plagiarism, which refers to the more general rules that regulate copyright: even for sites and Web pages, in fact, plagiarism is appropriation, which takes place with a total or partial copy of the authorship of a work born from the genius of others.

It follows, then, that contents of websites (texts, photos and images) are protected by copyright, even without the presence of the classic copyright symbol (©): it is forbidden to download and reproduce such contents for use elsewhere, and even copying in full or in large part articles, reviews, news on other web pages is illegal conduct that violates the law – although, it should be noted, Article 70 of the Italian law on copyright still provides for the possibility of citing the work of others, with precise limitations of the “quantitative” kind, as well.

Those who suffer online plagiarism and therefore a violation of their copyright may require legal intervention, which usually consists in the removal of the harmful content and possibly in compensation for damages: initially, you can contact the author of the plagiarism to ask for the removal of the duplicate content, and then proceed with legal action in case of failure to agree.

Plagiarism and SEO

In summary, plagiarism is the act of stealing words or ideas of others by pretending them to be our own, and this phenomenon can have various repercussions for the performance of sites on Google and, therefore, has a SEO value.

For example, Google is trying to get rid of plagiarism, engaging in the work of contrast to the wider phenomenon of duplicate content, against which the search engine acts by penalizing the ranking of the sites involved or even removing from its Index the sites that implement such parasitic behaviors, to avoid showing in the SERP “always the same content repeated in a set of search results” and encourage “deceptive practices” that do not offer a good user experience. Yet, the problem is widespread and difficult to manage, and continues to cause situations even embarrassing for the research giant, so that it is not uncommon to run into plagiarized content unintentionally ranked better than the original content.

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